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Move-In IconMove-In Fall 2020


Getting Ready:

We are excited to begin the 2020-2021 academic year and look forward to your arrival in September! To make sure you are prepared to move into your residence hall, whether for the first time or as a returning student,  MAKE SURE YOU READ THROUGH AND COMPLETE ALL OF THE ITEMS BELOW, as this year will differ from prior move-ins. If any operational plans change, we will let you know via your Winthrop email.  Please read through the tips and hints on this page for what to pack and what to leave at home.

We could never list all the items you might need, but this will help you get started.  Also, remember that many items can be shared, so be sure to communicate with your roommate(s) prior to packing.

Finally, please review the MOVE-IN DAY section of our website to plan your travel.  The information on that page is essential for a smooth and successful Move-In Day.


    First, all students must complete their pre-check in process on Eaglesnest. Once completed, you will receive a confirmation email including a link to sign up for a move-in appointment. Complete it early! Much like you would pre-check in for a hotel or flight, this process takes care of all the administrative components you would typically complete during move-in. To provide a contactless process, we have transitioned to an entirely digital pre-check in process. All residential students will need to complete this process as it will verify you are eligible to move-in. Students who do not complete the pre-check in process will not be permitted to sign up for an appointment or move into their halls. No confirmation email, no moving in.

    Once the pre-check in process has been completed, residential students will receive a link for their specific residence hall to sign up for a move-in date and time. Instead of designated move-in days for the first year students and upperclassmen, all students need to select a campus arrival appointment that will occur between September 2-7. 

    Due to COVID-19, there are several changes taking place on campus which have the health and safety of students, staff, and faculty as our very top priority. Personal and social responsibility is a key theme that you will see throughout our series of messages. In short, that means we will do everything that we can to help you stay safe. In turn, we expect you to accept the responibility for doing your part to maintain health and safety for yourself and for our community. All residential students and their two move-in assistants are asked to do the following:

    • Each student and their two move-in assistants must begin restricting contact with others 14 days prior to arriving on campus. We ask that you closely monitor your health during this time frame. If students (or their move-in assistants) are exhibiting symptoms such as fever, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, headaches, chills, muscle pain, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, or sudden onset loss of smell or tast up to two weeks prior to their move-in date, they will need to contact Residence Life at to delay their move-in. Students (or move-in assistants) that indicate symptoms will not be permitted to move into the residence halls until their symptoms have been resolved.
    • No sooner than 24 hours prior to arriving to campus, each student and their two move-in assistants must print and complete the COVID-19 screening questionnaire (only accessible via the Pre-Check In Confirmation email). If your household does not have a printer, there will be copies on hand, but understand that it will delay your check-in process.
    • Each student and their two move-in assistants must wear a mask/facial covering during their check-in process and when in the residence halls.
    • Each student and their two move-in assistants must have their temperature checked while in their vehicle during the check-in curbside process at the Winthrop Coliseum. Again, students (or move-in assistants) that indicate symptoms will not be permitted to move into the residence halls until their symptoms have been resolved.

    Winthrop will resume remote instruction the week of Thanksgiving 2020. We strongly recommend students bring only essentials with them to campus. Be mindful of overpacking for this semester. Review our Campus Essentials list as you start preparing for your arrival.

    Our room personalization and furnishings page will give students an idea of what will be in the rooms and how they can decorate. For more information about window, floor, or mattress measurements, check out the room measurements page.

    Finally, make sure you don't bring unapproved appliances to campus by reviewing the Approved Cooking Appliances list (PDF-406K).

    We highly recommend that you lable every bag, box, and bin, so your items don't get lost during move-in. Students should label all boxes, containers, and/or tote bins with their name, building, and room number prior to arriving on campus. This assists with locating anyone in the case of a lost item being brought to a hall office. To expedite your move-in, we recommend bringing hand trucks or dollies to aid in moving items.

    To cut down on traffic for move-in week, Residence Life and the Winthrop University Police Department have worked together to create a centralized check-in location. In order to move-in, residents must drive to the Winthrop Coliseum North Parking Lot (1162 Eden Terrace, Rock Hill, SC 29730) to pick up their room keys and complete their health screenings. Afterwards, they will proceed down Eden Terrace towards Oakland Avenue entrance of campus.

    Even though you may be very familiar with campus or prefer to use a GPS, we have adjusted normal traffic patterns for Move-In 2020 traffic. We will have Campus Police and Parking Officials stationed around campus monitoring traffic to move students in as quickly as possible. If you try to come in from a different direction or go directly to your residence hall, it will delay getting checked in to your new residence hall or you could be rerouted all the way around campus.

    Residents can bring only two individuals to assist with move-in during their move-in appointment. We discourage the elderly or immunocompromised from participating in this year's move-in as we are prioritizing health and safety of our families. Limiting the total number of individuals in a building who are touching shared surfaces and interacting with others is necessary to further reduce health risks to our campus community. There will not be student volunteers to assist you in moving your belongings, so be sure to pack light and only bring the essentials that you can easily transport. If you own a hand cart or dolly, we recommend bringing it to aid in your move-in.

    All of the residence halls have elevators, except for Margaret Nance and Roddey Halls. Both Margaret Nance and Roddey have three floors. Due to the high volume of students and families, we strongly encourage the use of stairs when able while moving into residence halls. Thomson has a freight elevator on each side that is accessible during move-in.

    Winthrop University Police Department and Residence Life would like to remind everyone that oversized trucks or trailers are heavily discouraged during Move-In. Vehicles need to be able to fit into one parking space.

    We thank you for limiting the number of individuals during move-in and know that this means you may not be able to share the in-person experience of your arrival with as many family members, friends, and other persons of support that you might like.

    Residence Life will allow you to park close to your residence hall while unloading. Once unloaded, you will move your vehicle to the Cherry Road (Legion) Parking Lot.

    If you are a resident who will have a car on-campus throughout the academic year, you will need to purchase a parking permit from the Winthrop University Police Department prior to move-in. You will be able to pick up your parking pass at Campus Police (Good Building, 526 Myrtle Drive).

    Part of college life includes taking suitable precautions with regard to personal belongings and being alert to suspicious activities within the residence halls. Regardless of these precautions, loss of personal property is sometimes inevitable. Our Student Handbook clearly states that Winthrop University is not responsible for personal property owned by students, faculty or staff.

    Find out more information on property insurance.

    For any questions or information, please contact Office of Accessibility

    All resident students are expected to have a Post Office Box on campus, as no letters or packages are delivered to resident locations. Students may find their PO Box number on Wingspan or by contacting the University's Post Office. To send mail or packages, see below for a sample address:

    Student Name

    2020 Alumni Drive

    PO Box #----

    Rock Hill, SC 29733

Last Updated: 9/1/20